Second Lieutenant Robert Primrose

Second Lieutenant Robert Cairns Primrose, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry. He died on Active Service in India on 12th January 1942, aged 20. He had been born in India in 1921 was the son of James and Mary Primrose of Kirkton, Hawick His father the Rev. James Primrose was a Church of Scotland missionary in India  and his mother lived at Wauchope Cottage, Bonchester Bridge.  He had been educated at Edinburgh Academy and was an Arts Student at Edinburgh University when he was called up in November 1940. He was commissioned into the Indian Army in May 1941 and died in an accident at Razmak, Waziristan on the North West Frontier. He is buried in Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan where his headstone is inscribed “Qui Ante Diem Periit: Sed Miles, Sed Pro Patria”. ( He died before his time but he was a soldier and died for his country ).

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